New Sign at WRT Recycling Center
Eagle Scout candidate Kevin McDonald of Troop 1 in Sellersville created a new sign and enclosure for our Recycling Center to assist in keeping the Center clean and reduce dumping. Thanks, Kevin!
Trash and Recycling Regulations
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires that all municipalities are in compliance with Act 101 and Act 140 (1988). Ordinance No. 202, available to review at the bottom of the page, brings West Rockhill Township into full compliance. Here are the highlights of the trash and recycling requirements for West Rockhill Township:
· Each resident and business must secure the services of a licensed trash hauler who will
· All licensed trash haulers shall offer their customers commingled recyclables collection service as part of the normal collection fee for service. Trash haulers shall inform customers of how recyclables should be containerized.
· All licensed trash haulers shall provide at least one collection of shrubbery, tree trimmings and similar materials per month. Collection schedules shall be distributed to the customers and the Township.
· Commercial and institutional business owners are required to report their recycling on a yearly basis.
· Apartment complexes or residential communities (nursing homes, condominiums, retirement communities, etc.) are required to provide a recycling program for their residents.
· No resident or business shall burn refuse, municipal waste, recyclable materials, yard waste, or leaf waste
Ordinance 206, enacted on June 21, 2011, clarifies that waste haulers are required to provide a schedule for monthly collection of leaf and yard waste to residential, commercial, and institutional customers. The full text of Ordinance 206 is available below.
West Rockhill Township residents and businesses must contract directly with licensed trash haulers for trash removal. The following licensed trash haulers operate in West Rockhill Township:
Waste Management of SE PA
Advanced Disposal (formerly Chesmont)http://www.advanceddisposal.com/residential-services
P.O. Box 1500, Skippack, PA, 19474
1-800-710-1333 or Customer Service 610-440-3700
Allied Waste of BucksMont
731 E Reliance Rd, Telford, PA, 18969
Heston S. Swartley
P.O Box 53, Sellersville, PA 18960
If you have a problem with or complaint about your trash hauler, please download and print this form to register your complaint with the Township: WRT Trash Hauler Complaint Form.pdf
West Rockhill Township encourages all residents and businesses to practice recycling. Rules and regulations for the waste stream have become more stringent in regards to separating recyclable items from your trash. Please support and practice recycling!
New Rules Require Recycling of Electronics
As of January 13, 2013, your waste hauler will not be permitted to accept electronic devices such as laptops, computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, and televisions with the regular trash. Under the PA Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 (Act 108 of 2010), these items must be sent to an electronics recycler.
Proper recycling is important since these devices contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, which do not belong in the normal trash stream. Many of these devices also contain metals, such as gold, silver, and platinum, copper, iron, and aluminum, that can be separated and reused in new products.
The law also requires manufacturers of covered devices to host one-day events to collect, transport, and recycle these items or institute permanent collection programs or mail-back options. Some retailers also accept electronics for recycling either at no charge or in exchange for rebates or coupons.
A current list of collection opportunities, including those offered by manufacturers and retailers, is available by calling the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s toll-free recycling hotline at 1-800-346-4242. The retailer Best Buy will accept most electronics for recycling. OR:
Participate in the Bucks County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
RID YOUR HOME AND GARAGE OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE and OLD COMPUTER SYSTEMS or TVs.
Many household products contain chemicals that when discarded contribute to the contamination of our environment by contaminating our soil, air and water. A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program provides the opportunity to reduce the amount of hazardous household chemical waste that is flushed down the toilet and kitchen drains, "disposed" of in the backyard, dumped into storm drains or simply disposed of in the municipal waste stream. These typical means of disposal are both hazardous to public health and unnecessary. Yet, it continues because individuals are frequently unaware that many useful products contain hazardous chemicals. It is the consumer’s responsibility to use and dispose of household products safely.
The Bucks County Hazardous Waste Collection Program offers six dates this year to drop off your hazardous waste:
April 20, 2013
Truman High School-Bristol School District
3001 Green Lane, Bristol Township
June 1, 2013
Upper Bucks County Area Vo-Tech School
3115 Ridge Road - Bedminster Township
July 27, 2013
Central Bucks School District –South High School Campus
1100 Folly Road – Warrington Township
August 24, 2013
Bucks County Technical High School
610 Wistar Road - Bristol Township
September 14, 2013
Quakertown Area Community High School
600 Park Avenue - Quakertown Borough
September 28, 2013 ONLY ELECTRONICS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Lower Makefield Corporate Center - South
770 Township Line Road - 2/10 mile south of Stony Hill Road
Lower Makefield Township
SOME ITEMS BEING COLLECTED INCLUDE:
Pesticides such as Chlordane, Sevin, DDT or Malathion; Toxics materials such as weed killer, mercury, pool chemicals, photographic chemicals, rust remover; and wood preservatives; Flammable materials such as oil-based paints, varnishes, paint strippers, thinners, gasoline, kerosene, and other solvents; Caustics such as oven cleaner, lye, and ammonia based cleaners; and household rechargeable and button type batteries, as well as automotive type batteries.
The regional collection program consists of at least twenty-five collection days scheduled throughout southeastern Pennsylvania of which five are scheduled in Bucks County. At the five collection events being held in Bucks County old Computer Systems and any size TV’s are also being accepted from residents.
DO NOT BRING (they will not be accepted): LATEX PAINT (see below), Appliances (including air conditioners and dehumidifiers), Asbestos, Infectious or Biological waste, Explosives (ammunition), Gas Cylinders (greater than 20 lbs.), PCB’s, Pressurized CFC’s (greater than 1 lb.) Radioactive wastes (dispose of smoke detectors in the regular waste or contact product manufacturer for take back program), or Tires.
Whenever possible, material should be in its original container with an original, legible label.
Amounts up to 25 gallons or 220 pounds will be accepted at no charge to residents. This event is not open to business, industry or institutions.
Following are a couple of suggestions on how to handle some of the materials you may have around the house which may, or may not, be accepted as part of a household hazardous waste collection program.
LATEX PAINT: Air dry latex paint or mix with an absorbent (“oil-dry” or clay based kitty litter at the rate of about 1 gallon of paint to 2-4 cups of absorbent) and discard absorbed paint and paint can, with its lid off, in regular trash. EMPTY paint cans may be placed with recyclables in many municipal recycling programs (check with your hauler or municipal officials).
SMOKE ALARMS: Mail back to manufacturer, or dispose of in regular trash.
BAR-B-Q GRILL TANKS (20lb or less): Return to a tank exchange location, or bring to collection program.
TIRES: Contact nearest major tire retailer. (Anticipate a charge of $5.00 to $10.00 per automobile tire).
USED MOTOR OIL: Contact your local automobile repair shop.
Call the Bucks County Planning Commission at 345-3400 if you would like to receive additional information.
Use the following list for additional special recycling opportunities.
Wilcox Recycling recycles all metals and they are located in West Rockhill Township. They are located 241 Old Mill Road, Sellersville, PA, 18960. Phone number: 215-257-1220 and website is www.wilcoxrecycling.com .
Recycling CFL Light Bulbs
There is a small amount of mercury in CFLs so they should not be thrown away with regular trash. We encourage all residents to recycle these bulbs to prevent mercury from going into landfills.
PP& L offers a search of participating recycling locations by zip code on their website:
West Rockhill Township Residential Recycling Center
The West Rockhill Township Recycling Center is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk and is located at 1028 Ridge Road between the Township building and the Public Works building for your convenience. Please respect the rules below which are posted at the Center:
RECYCLING CENTER RULES
DEP has determined that yard waste must be separated from the waste stream for recycling. Trash haulers determine their own monthly leaf and yard waste pick up dates and must inform their customers of the dates. Your hauler may bill you for this service. DEP prefers that yard waste be recycled as compost on your own property as a first option, but if you prefer to dispose of this waste, you must abide by your haulers regular monthly pick up date or drop off your yard waste at the township container (see below). You may not burn leaves or yard waste in Pennsylvania.Following are the dates given by the major trash haulers operating in West Rockhill Township for leaf/yard waste pick-up in 2012-2013:
Waste Management: Last Saturday of each month
Allied Waste/Republic Services: The Fourth Wednesday of each month
ChesMont: to be announced
Heston Swartley: The third Wednesday of each month
The Township offers a drop off container for residential yard waste on the last Friday of each month, except when a Holiday falls on that day. The service is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Building. Yard waste consists of leaves, weeds, brush, branches, etc., dropped off loose or in paper bags. No plastic bags will be accepted. All branches must be cut up and bundled. No tree stumps, railroad ties, grass clippings, or commercial landscaping waste will be accepted.
Recycling Old Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners
PPL has a program to pick up your old refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner and give you a rebate.The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. You must own the unit and be a PPL Electric Utilities customer. Limit two units per address per calendar year. A $35 incentive check will be mailed to you after the appliance is collected.
Bonus: If you have inefficient, working window air conditioners, we will have those picked up at the same time as your refrigerator or freezer and give you an additional $25 per unit, limit four per household per calendar year. Log on for more information:
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How long does it take everyday items to naturally decompose?
For more information, contact:
PADEP Recycling Hotline: 1-800-346-4242
Bucks County Planning Commission: 215-345-3400